The Professional Engineer - Promoting professional engineering

Professional Engineering... Creativity Rewarded

This web site is maintained by IESIS (A multidisciplinary professional engineering institution) to promote the principle that professional engineering is a very important activity in human affairs. Young people with high level qualifications from school seeking to decide on a career should consider professional engineering.

Students need to make the correct links between the subjects they select for study at school and the careers they want to follow.

The information available from this website is intended to help in making such a choice and provides guidance on:

* Qualifications required to achieve C.Eng (Chartered Engineer) status -see education       
* Career variety see careers
* Current salary expectations (most recent data 2013) for Chartered Engineers which are high and rising. - see salaries


Engineers enjoy 5 of top 10 graduate salaries In UK.

Starting salaries are 22% higher than the mean for all graduates.

Average starting salary of £27,100 second only Medicine and Dentistry.

Engineering Council 2013 survey (next survey 2017 )shows salaries rose 32% between  2007 and 2013.

Half of all Chartered Engineers earn more than  £60,000 per year.

Chartered Engineer mean annual total earnings In 2013 were £72,000/year.

Chartered engineer mean total earnings in the energy sector in 2013 were £92,000/year

The UK needs many more Professional Engineers

Did you know that in 2014 there were approximately 205,000 Professional (i.e. Chartered and Incorporated) engineers registered with the UK Engineering Council.

It has been  estimated that the UK will need 107,000 new engineers with university degrees and other qualifications per year from 2012 until 2022 and an annual shortfall  of 40,000 per year is predicted..

Engineering is not in decline and needs young qualified people,men and women

Engineering is Big in the UK

In 2014, engineering contributed £1.2 trillion in turnover to the UK Gross Domestic Product which almost a quarter of the turnover of all businesses in the UK.

Engineering’s financial contribution to the economy (called GVA) is 3.4 times that of the financial sector and 2.2 times our combined Retail and Wholesale sector.

Engineering pays 24% of all UK taxes.




Where are the jobs?

Engineering employed more than 5.6m people across almost 600,000 companies in 2014 (up 17% on the previous year)

Biggest job sectors are :

        Electrical/Electronic                     1.5m

        Production/Manuf                       1.0m

        Chem/Process/Energy                0.95m

        Auto Eng                                    0.38m

More cars are built in one area of the UK (Sunderland) than in the whole of Italy.

What subjects do I need for university?

So employment opportunities are high and the financial rewards are out there for all high school students,girls and boys, who select their main Highers subjects from STEM- science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Final selection will depend on what area of engineering interests you most. Eg Biology for bio-engineering, Chemistry for Chemical/Process engineering, Maths for all, Physics for mechanical/ civil/structural/electrical/electronics etc. Always check with the university websites listed and your guidance teacher before finalising your subject choices.

IESIS is pleased to note that the numbers of students taking STEM subjects has,last year increased by more than 78,000 including an increase of 30,000 in the number of women students.

IESIS hopes that this website will encourage even more of you to take STEM subjects once you have reviewed the information on the wide range of highly rewarding and exciting careers offered by engineering that we have consolidated for you within the site.

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